HealthESites
May 23, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 19
ISSN 1530-3608
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WEB SITES INCONSISTENT ON HEALTH, STUDY FINDS
In another study proving the obvious, researchers report that
typing a simple term into a search engine is a lousy way to find
health information online and that many health sites provide
incomplete information. The study's getting lots of media
attention because it appears in today's Journal of the American
Medical Association, but it really offers very little that's new.
Source: New York Times - May 23, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/23/health/23NET.html
Full text of JAMA article:
http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/rfull/joc02274.html


NCI RELEASES WEB DESIGN GUIDELINES FOR
HEALTH WEB SITES
The National Cancer Institute has released a 62-page set of
guidelines for designing health Web sites. The guidelines, which
are based on research, cover topics such as content development,
font size, navigation, page layout, and using graphics.
Source: National Cancer Institute - May 23, 2001
http://usability.gov/guidelines


TELEMEDICINE LINKS HOME WITH THE HOSPITALIZED
The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston has installed
a digital camera system in its neonatal intensive-care unit that
allows parents to see their premature infants at any time of the
day or night. The Baby CareLink system also allows parents to
submit text questions to doctors and nurses and to study issues
surrounding premature infants.
Source: Boston Globe - May 22, 2001
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/142/science/
Telemedicine_links_home_with_the_hospitalized+.shtml



VIRGINIA GEARS UP FOR INTERNET DATABASE ON
STATE'S DOCTORS
Data about disciplinary actions and malpractice claims against
Virginia's 31,000 doctors is scheduled to become publicly
available on the Web sometime this summer. The Virginia Board of
Medicine, which is creating the database, has warned doctors they
face possible disciplinary action if they fail to provide the
information it has requested.
Source: American Medical News - May 28, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/prsc0528.htm


CONTROLLING CONTENT: PHYSICIANS LAUNCH
HEALTH WEB SITES
Some individual physicians are creating content-rich Web sites
that are designed to be educational tools for the public. A few
doctors are saving money by doing all the writing and HTML coding
themselves, while others are spending thousands of dollars to
hire some help.
Source: American Medical News - May 28, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/tesa0528.htm


A WEB SITE TO CAST YOUR EYES UPON
This article reviews a Web site about eye health operated by the
American Optometric Association. The author praises the site for
providing practical eye-care information but criticizes its
coverage of LASIK, the laser eye surgery that has swept the
country.
Source: Los Angeles Times - May 21, 2001
http://www.latimes.com/health/20010521/t000042516.html


HOAX E-MAIL BEDEVILS SENDER
This is what stupidity gets you: Six months ago, Rose Lambert
received an e-mail message warning her to be careful pumping gas
because people were affixing HIV-tainted needles to the underside
of gas pump handles. The misguided woman forwarded the message to
100 of her friends and colleagues, not knowing it was a hoax. Her
message included her name and the fact she was the chief aide to
a supervisor in Fairfax County, Va., boosting her credibility.
Her message spread worldwide, and she's been getting deluged with
inquiries about it ever since.
Source: Washington Post - May 17, 2001
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A36923-2001May16.html


WEBSITES FUEL BRITONS' OBSESSION WITH HEALTH
Research by a British market research firm has found that the
growth in the number of health Web sites is sharply increasing
consumers' interest in health issues. This increased interest, in
turn, is causing a sharp rise in the market for vitamins and
other dietary supplements.
Source: MediaGuardian.co.uk (United Kingdom) - May 23, 2001
http://www.mediaguardian.co.uk/marketingandpr/story/
0,7494,494941,00.html



TAXI DRIVERS' MEDICAL FILES ON THE NET
In Edinburgh, Scotland, prospective tax drivers must submit
confidential medical information to get a license. Those rejected
for medical reasons were most surprised to see their personal
details posted on the City Council's Web site. The information
has since been removed, and an investigation is underway to find
out how the error occurred.
Source: The Scotsman (Scotland) - May 23, 2001
http://www.thescotsman.co.uk/scotland.cfm?id=74808


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